Missouri Senate reaches 'breakthrough' agreement on road and bridge repairs, still no progress on comprehensive or multi-modal transportation funding (Capitol Day April 23rd!) | stltoday.com

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The leader of the Missouri Senate said Thursday that lawmakers had reached a “breakthrough” in negotiations over a multimillion-dollar plan to boost infrastructure spending in the state.

The compromise — developed between Senate GOP leadership and members of the Senate Conservative Caucus — was reached after days of negotiations among the two Republican factions, House leadership and Gov. Mike Parson’s office. . . .

Schatz said the bonding would begin in fiscal 2021 and that the money would be paid back over seven years. He said the state would have to appropriate about $46.1 million per year to pay back the loan, and would ultimately pay $22.6 million in interest over the seven-year period.

The proposal also would devote $50 million in general revenue next fiscal year to “jump-start” the governor’s bridge replacement program, Schatz said. An additional $35 million would go toward a cost-share program for infrastructure improvements with counties and cities.

MoBikeFed comment: This plan, which has now passed the Missouri Senate (always the major hurdle to passing major legislation in Missouri), would provide a significant fraction of the amount identified as needed for Missouri roads and highways in the Missouri 21st Century Transportation Task Force study released in 2018:

http://mobikefed.org/2018/01/missouri-21st-century-transportation-task-f...

However, the General Assembly has still made no significant progress on creating any sort of dedicated funding for multi-modal transportation in Missouri. The Task Force recommended $50-$70 million towards public transportation, bicycling, walking, airports, freight and passenger rail, and other similar transportation needs in Missouri.

Currently the General Assembly funds occasional special projects in the this category, but generally has little or no dedicated, dependable funding from year to year.

Supporting the comprehensive approach to state transportation funding and steady annual funding for multi-modal transportation will be one of the priorities at Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Day at the Capitol in Jefferson City on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019.

Please join us!

Please consider joining us in Jefferson City April 23rd to let our elected leaders know how much citizen support is out there for the Rock Island Trail!

http://mobikefed.org/CapitolDay